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Shavawn Berry

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography: 

Shavawn M. Berry received her Master of Professional Writing degree (MPW) specializing in creative nonfiction and memoir at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1998. She started her teaching career in 2002 as an adjunct English composition instructor at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. In the fall of 2004, she joined the full-time faculty at Arizona State University to teach Business Writing, Creative Writing, English Composition, and most recently, Technical Editing on Tempe campus. She was chosen as one of just eight Lincoln Ethics teaching fellows for the 2013 academic year by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. For the 2014-2015 academic year, she co-taught English 484 - The Pen Project, with Corri Wells, assisting student interns in giving anonymous, written critiques to incarcerated writers in New Mexico and Arizona. She participated in PEAC (Prison Education Student Club) since the fall of 2014 and is currently a faculty advisor. Since the spring of 2016, she has been the creative nonfiction editor for Iron City, a literary magazine featuring writers from The Pen Project, created by students involved in the internship long term. She currently teaches editing, composition, creative writing, and business writing.

Education: 
  • Master of Professional Writing (MPW). Creative Nonfiction and Memoir, University of Southern California 1998
  • B.A. English, Music Composition and Voice, New York University, New York City 1987
Research Group: 

During the 2014 – 15 academic year, Ms. Berry was an active member of Dr. Amira de la Garza’s Institute of Humanities Research Cluster titled Tricksters and Mindful Heresy: Disrupting the Taken-for-Granted in Creative Research. The group investigated creative research through reading several books including Art and Method by Patricia Leavey and Heroes and Heretics by Thomas Cahill. A colloquium and an author event/keynote (with Leavey) took place at the end of March and in early April. Ms. Berry presented several original poems at the colloquium including one she wrote for the event called, Off With Her Head: The Divine Feminine Responds. The poem has since been published by The Urban Howl.

Publications: 

Her writing and poetry has been published by Rebelle Society, Trickster, The Urban Howl, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, The Anjana Network, Be You Media Group, Olentangy Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, The Cancer Poetry Project 2, Kinema Poetics, Kalliope, Ebsco Publishers, Poet Lore, California Quarterly, Westview - A Journal of Western Oklahoma, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Concho River Review, North Atlantic Review, Synapse, Blue Mountain Arts/SPS, Living Buddhism, addictionsolutions.com, and buddhajones.com, among others. She is currently working on a spiritual memoir, a collection of poetry, and a number of personal essays.

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 217Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 217Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 217Writing Reflective Essays
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 302Business Writing
ENG 374Technical Editing
ENG 484Internship
Presentations: 

“Volunteer Teaching and ASU Advocates” Panel, Prison Education Conference, Arizona State University, March 27, 2015

“Prison English – Teaching Writing to Incarcerated Writers,” with Michelle Ribieros and Roberta Norales at TYCA West Conference, Mesa Community College, October 11, 2014.

“Adding Ethics to English 302 – Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics” with Julianne White, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, February 15, 2014

“Living Literary Magazines, Expertise Archives, Facebook Groups, and Other Creative Ideas for Use in the Writing Classroom” at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 23, 2013

“Business Writing Discussion, Report, and Presentation Ideas: Helping Our Students Develop Their Abilities as Change Agents” at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 23, 2013

“Building Your Online Brand” presented with Mark Hannah, Ph.D. and Julianne White, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 3, 2012

“Empathy and Civic Consciousness in the College Writing Class” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, Tempe Campus, March 3, 2012

“Empathy and Civic Consciousness in the College Writing Class” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the TYCA-West 2011 Regional Conference, Mesa Community College, October 7, 2011

“Three Strategies for Cultivating Civic Consciousness in the Writing Classroom” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 19, 2011

“Teachers of Writing Should Write – What We’re Working On Now, and How We Use That in Our Writing Classroom” presented with Julianne White, Ph.D. & Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 19, 2011 

“Three Strategies for Cultivating Civic Consciousness” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU – Polytechnic Campus, September 28, 2010.

“Creating Online Writing Platforms to Showcase Student Work” presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 27, 2010

“Fearless Creating: Encouraging Students to Love and Embrace Their Own Stories” presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 27, 2010

“Fractured Learning Repair Kit: Using Narrative to Help Students Make Connections Among Diverse Academic Subjects” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU – Polytechnic Campus, October 16, 2009

“Point/Counterpoint: Narrative Strategies that Help Students Integrate Not Only Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmethic, Science, and the Arts, But Also Their Life Experiences” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the TYCA-West 2009 Regional Conference, Salt Lake City Community College – Redwood Campus, Salt Lake City, UT, October 10, 2009

“Creative License – Sparking Our Students’ Imagination, Innovation and Love for Language” presented with Amisha Patel and Heather Hoyt, Arizona State University Composition Conference, February 21, 2009

“Secret Agents No More: Strategies for Increasing Agency and Authority in Student Thinking and Writing” presented with Cornelia Wells, Ph.D. at the Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU – Polytechnic Campus, October 14, 2008

“Online Teaching: The Plusses and Pitfalls” presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, March 22, 2008

Panel member for “Online Portfolio Presentation” with Tom Skeen and Heather Hoyt presented at Arizona State University Composition Conference, March 22, 2008

“Returning Our Students’ to Their Senses: Helping Our Students Own and Love Their Writing,” Arizona English Teachers Association (AETA) Conference, ASU – Polytechnic Campus, October 5, 2007

COMMUNITY WRITING WORKSHOPS AFFILIATED WITH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Tell Yourself a Story, A Creative Writing Workshop affiliated with Arizona State University’s Prison Education Program and The Pen Project. State Penitentiary of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, April 18, 2015

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Presentations – August 26, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Memos – September 14, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional and Business Writing in the Workplace: Presentations – September 29, 2009, ING Financial Services, Scottsdale, AZ

Writing as a Way to Heal – Piper Writer’s Studio —March 29, 2008, ASU Tempe

Writing as a Spiritual Practice – Piper Writer’s Studio —March 31, 2007, ASU Tempe

Visual Prayer Workshop—Guest Lecturer for Lynn Nelson’s ‘Writing and Being’ Graduate course – March 21, 2006, Arizona State University, Tempe

Honors / Awards: 

In addition to being the recipient of the Lincoln Applied Ethics Fellowship in 2012-2013, Ms. Berry's teaching pedagogy and curriculum have received several awards including:

Exemplary Professional E-Portfolio - Celebrating Writing in Digital Spaces, May 2015

Arizona State University, Department of English. One of six faculty members chosen to receive an award and small honorarium for a Digication e-Portfolio that exemplified excellence.

Exemplary Professional E-Portfolio - Celebrating Writing in Digital Spaces, May 2014

Arizona State University, Department of English. One of ten faculty members chosen to receive an award and small honorarium for a Digication e-Portfolio that exemplified excellence.

One of four recipients of the 2nd Annual Best Pedagogical Practices Writing Programs’ Teaching Award – 2009. Award included a 5-6 minute presentation on Utilizing Wikis as Interactive Teaching Tools at the ASU Composition Conference, as well as an honorarium.

One of four recipients of the inaugural Best Pedagogical Practices Writing Programs’ Teaching Award – 2008. Award included a 5-6 minute presentation on Creating Effective and Inspiring Online Writing Portfolios at the ASU Composition Conference, as well as an honorarium.